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Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and has recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. In his spare time he makes beer and wine, and has a life-long interest in music of all types. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site  continues after his retirement. Steve has had a long career in IT, with a particularly odd emphasis on doing computing support for High Energy Particle Physics. Steve was previously the lead UNIX Administrator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, but has also worked as a consultant with many companies large and small, as well as working at several of the University of Wisconsin campuses. 

His particular skills include web developing and hosting, music (particularly 60-70's popular music and opera -- that is eclectic enough). I am also a beer, wine, cider, and mead maker.  I am on the board at Menomonie Market Food Co-op and have a strong interest in politics, local government, and local foods. I am a member of the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin and Wisconsin Farmers Union. I have in the past contributed to many different web publications and for many years edited the political blog 

Steve is a member of LION Publishers.

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Today, February 26

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    Wisconsin DHS launches new vaccine provider map, but it is confusing
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    Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a vaccine provider map [1] that is intended to provide more transparency in the provision of COVID-19 vaccines in the state and to help guide people to local vaccine providers. 
     
    Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a vaccine provider map [1] that is intended to provide more transparency in the provision of COVID-19 vaccines in the state and to help guide people to local vaccine providers. 
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    The new map displays community and other vaccine providers and codes them by color and shape to indicate who is eligible to receive vaccine at each location. The map as it stands today is slightly confusing about the sites in Dunn County and appears to still be in the process of being populated. This will probably be corrected shortly. The map also includes a table of providers that can be filtered by county.
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    The new map displays community and other vaccine providers and codes them by color and shape to indicate who is eligible to receive vaccine at each location. The map as it stands today is slightly confusing about the sites in Dunn County and appears to still be in the process of being populated. For example it lists the Menomonie School District as a provider but provides links to The Medicine Shoppe and Mayo Clinic.  This may be because of an intention to use those providers for district employees when they become eligible next week, but it's confusing and misleading, especially since Mayo is not listed at all individually, possibly because they are conducting their Dunn County patient vaccinations in Eau Claire. DHS is looking into this, but as it stands the map is less than helpful locally. The map also includes a table of providers that can be filtered by county.
     
    “Wisconsin continues to make great strides in vaccinating people all across the state,” said DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake. “We want to provide as many options as possible for people who are currently eligible to access COVID-19 vaccine. This map...
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  • 6:24pm

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    This is the weekly Friday COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher, Dunn County Public Health Administrator. KT updates you on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations, and answers your questions.
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    This is the weekly Friday COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher, Dunn County Public Health Administrator. KT updates you on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations, and answers your questions. Note that although things are definitely moving in a good direction, the county is still in a HIGH risk level category, and it is not time yet to drop vigilance to stop the spread of this disease.
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  • 6:21pm

    This is the weekly Friday COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher, Dunn County Public Health Administrator. KT updates you on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations, and answers your questions. Note that although things are definitely moving in a good direction, the county is still in a HIGH risk level category, and it is not time yet to drop vigilance to stop the spread of this disease.

  • 6:04pm

    On 2/19/21 at approximately 11:36 pm, the Menomonie Police Department (MPD) responded to 2421 4th Avenue North for a report of a disorderly male. When officers arrived, they encountered an adult male at the door and were directed to a six-week-old male infant that was pulse-less and not breathing inside of an apartment. Officers attempted life saving measures on the infant. The infant was then taken to Red Cedar Mayo by the Menomonie Fire Department (MFD). The infant was pronounced deceased at the hospital after further life saving measures were unsuccessful.

    Following the death of the infant, the MPD initiated an investigation with the assistance of the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office, WI Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, WI State Patrol, Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office.

    This incident remains under active investigation.

    The name of the victim is being withheld at this time to protect the privacy of the victim and the family.

    There is no active public safety threat to the public regarding this incident.

    Further information is expected to be released early next week.

    The MPD extends its most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

  • 1:17pm

    Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a that is intended to provide more transparency in the provision of COVID-19 vaccines in the state and to help guide people to local vaccine providers. 

    The new map displays community and other vaccine providers and codes them by color and shape to indicate who is eligible to receive vaccine at each location. The map as it stands today is slightly confusing about the sites in Dunn County and appears to still be in the process of being populated. For example it lists the Menomonie School District as a provider but provides links to The Medicine Shoppe and Mayo Clinic.  This may be because of an intention to use those providers for district employees when they become eligible next week, but it's confusing and misleading, especially since Mayo is not listed at all individually, despite being a major healthcare provider in the area that is doing vaccinations in Menomonie and Eau Claire. are reporting similar problems with the map. DHS is looking into this, but as it stands the map is less than helpful locally. The map also includes a table of providers that can be filtered by county.

    “Wisconsin continues to make great strides in vaccinating people all across the state,” said DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake. “We want to provide as many options as possible for people who are currently eligible to access COVID-19 vaccine. This map will help to illustrate those options.”

    At this time, DHS plans to update the map every two weeks with data reported by vaccine providers. Therefore, depending on timing, it is possible that vaccine providers may have already administered or scheduled out their remaining doses. 

    All sites shown on the map require pre-scheduled appointments, and availability is not guaranteed. Wisconsinites can visit the DHS  for more information about options.

    In just over two months, Wisconsin vaccine providers have administered more than 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and more than half of Wisconsinites age 65 and older have received at least one dose. Vaccine eligibility is slated to open up on March 1 to next groups, including education and child care workers, people enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some public-facing essential workers, non-frontline essential health care personnel, and facility staff and residents in congregate living settings.

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